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demonism

[dee-muh-niz-uh m] /ˈdi məˌnɪz əm/
noun
1.
belief in demons.
2.
the study of demons; demonology.
Origin of demonism
1690-1700
1690-1700; demon- + -ism
Related forms
demonist, noun
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Historical Examples
  • Uncleanness and the evil eye are dogmatic notions, products of demonism.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • demonism is the broadest and most primitive form of religion.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • The manifestations of demonism are, at least in Christian lands, vastly less conspicuous than in the first age of the Church.

  • The taboo then gradually became an autonomous power which has detached itself from demonism.

    Totem and Taboo Sigmund Freud
  • If she does not save him in this life, she'll save him from sinking lower in demonism.

    My Wife and I Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • On the one point of demonism there existed complete unanimity, and the sceptic fared equally hard with both parties.

    Religion & Sex Chapman Cohen
  • This is a concrete dogma and a primary inference from demonism.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • The demonism of him affected her less than a conception, feminine perhaps but erroneous, of her own selfishness.

    The Monster Edgar Saltus
  • The doctrine of the evil eye is plainly an immediate deduction from demonism.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • demonism sees gods in living organisms of every species—trees, animals, and men.

British Dictionary definitions for demonism

demonism

/ˈdiːməˌnɪzəm/
noun
1.
  1. belief in the existence and power of demons
  2. worship of demons
2.
another word for demonology
Derived Forms
demonist, noun
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